What a year 2016 has turned out to be! I started a new career as a Teen Specialist Coordinator for CASA of the 5th Judicial District and I could not be happier! I never believed I would be working in this field but helping kids in foster care is probably the best thing that could have happened to me. I was working at Walmart in the accounting office but due to health started looking into other careers. I was a volunteer for CASA when they asked me if I would be interested in working for them part time. I jumped at the chance!...more

We Are One

Bathed in beautiful golden light. Every haloed head staring out at us. Painted images laden with symbolism not grasped by the casual observer. These are icons, the icons adorning the little Albanian Orthodox church in Northeast Philadelphia I visited yesterday with our Confirmands. We watched as the congregation entered, kissing the icons as a sign of veneration. They also kissed the cross, and the chalice after they had communed…a lot of kissing. In the air hung the strong scent of incense....more

Life and Opposition

 Blog attempt - Round 2! Sharing what I am learning about striving for an uncomplicated life of faith that is rooted in love.Lord, give me the skill to be a woman of consistency  who doesn't quit in the face of failure or opposition:)...more

Let Us Pray

Not to brag, but I have memorized TONS of prayers. Of course I know the Lord’s Prayer (in English AND Latin, ahem!) Courtesy of my Catholic upbringing, I am also a whiz at “Glory Be” and “Hail Mary” (which I mutter on repeat throughout any driving trip in the dark/rain.) There is another Mary favorite, “Hail Holy Queen,” and the curious “Prayer to St. Jude” which we intoned weekly at St. Jude’s RC Church. Part of it says: “the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies, has caused thee to be forgotten by many....more

Wrestling with God

Often I have heard pastors say that they wrote this or that sermon because the point of the message was one they needed to hear themselves, maybe more than their intended audiences. And I do know the feeling with my own preaching, both with my weekly children’s messages and my periodic sermons for the congregation. For example, a few weeks ago I preached on the Parable of the Dishonest Manager, a real doozy in which Jesus seems to praise a man who cheated his boss....more

Adoption: Our True Plan A

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5You may be asking why did she begin her first blog post with a Bible verse. Well that is a great question, and I have a great answer. My husband, Matt, and I just recently announced that we will be adopting. It will be a domestic adoption which means more than likely our baby will be from Tennessee....more

Who Am I?

Who am I if I'm not a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend?...more


Sometimes we need to remember to open our hearts, minds, and souls to a deeper connection with our Higher Power, however we define that. https://youtu.be/5nvod5D2se4Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

God's Love

I’m thankful for the great and mighty love God has for me.For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16Isn’t that amazing! God loves us so much, regardless of how messed up we are, that He offered us His Son, Jesus, so we would have the choice to be in a close relationship with Him. There is truly no greater love than the love God the Father has for His people, us....more